Chris Volstad has started 102 games and thrown 584 innings for the Marlins since debuting in mid-2008, but the 25-year-old right-hander wasn’t invited to the team’s new uniform unveiling last week and thinks it might hint at an upcoming trade.
“I can’t say I haven’t had those thoughts,” Volstad told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. “I’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I don’t really know that I could get mad at them. I mean, it would have been cool to be a part of it but I don’t know really what their plans are. Maybe my plans are with them or not, but maybe they’re not 100 percent sure yet.”
Capozzi reports that rotation-mates Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, and Anibal Sanchez were at the ceremony and Volstad said he would have been interested in attending if asked.
It could mean nothing, of course, and plenty of other Marlins weren’t there either, but with Volstad set for a salary bump in his first crack at arbitration it wouldn’t be surprising if he was being shopped.
The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.
Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”
Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.
Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.